George Washington Capsule

Nickname: Colonials                      Coach: Karl Hobbs
Location: Washington, DC                 Record at George Washington: 114-64
Conference: Atlantic 10                  Career record: 114-64
Overall Record: 23-8
Conference Record and Finish: 11-5, 3rd

Seed, Region and Bid: 11, East, Automatic
Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 10
NCAA Tournament Record: 4-9 (.307)
Final Four Appearances: 0
NCAA Tournament Championships: 0
Best NCAA Tournament Finish: REGIONAL SEMIFINALIST (1993)

Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: NR
Final Associated Press ranking: NR
Final Ratings Percentage Index: 71

Record vs. teams in the field: 1-3

Starters:
F -- Dokun Akingbade (6-9, 220, Sr. -- 7.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg)
F -- Regis Koundjia (6-8, 224, Sr. -- 7.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
G -- Maureece Rice (6-1, 224, Jr. -- 16.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
G -- Damian Hollis (6-8, 198, Fr. -- 5.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg)
G -- Carl Elliott (6-4, 220, Sr. -- 13.1 ppg, 5.0 apg)

Key Reserves:
F -- Rob Diggs (6-8, 187, So. -- 10.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg)
G -- Travis King (6-2, 213, Fr. -- 5.6 ppg, 2.5 apg)

(statistics before NCAA Tournament)

OUTLOOK: The Colonials were headed to the NIT until Rhode Island
stunned Xavier in the A-10 semifinals, opening the door for GW
to earn its third consecutive NCAA bid. After losing four
starters from last season's team that lost to Duke in the second
round, not much was expected from the Colonials.  A loss to St.
Joseph's on February 14 marked it fourth straight defeat but GW
has rebounded to close the season with eight straight
victories.  The Colonials are not pretty to watch but they are
pesky on defense, harassing their three opponents into a
combined 62 turnovers in the run to the conference title.  The
point guard Elliott is the focal point at both ends of the
floor.  He is second on the team in scoring and had 82 steals to
lead the A-10.  In fact, GW has three of the conference's top
six players in steals per game and forced 100 more turnovers
than it committed on the season.  But can they score?  Rice, who
broke Wilt Chamberlain's Philadelphia scholastic scoring
record, is the only legitimate threat from 3-point range,
shooting 44 percent and making 63 from the arc; no one else on
the team has more than 24.  That can be an issue in the opening
round against a Vanderbilt team that loves to bomb away from the
arc.

NEXT GAME: Thursday vs (6) Vanderbilt at Sacramento, Cal.